The Victorian Government is backing ten of Victoria’s celebrated creative organisations to become more inclusive, building a fairer and stronger creative sector for all Victorians.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced this year’s participants in the Fair Play initiative by Diversity Arts Australia, designed to improve access and representation in the arts, across employment, leadership and public participation.
Participating organisations include Arena Theatre in Bendigo, Malthouse Theatre, children’s theatre-makers Polyglot, dance company Chunky Move, and Red Stitch: The Actor’s Theatre.
Museums Victoria, Geelong Art Gallery and Heide Museum of Modern Art are also taking part, as are two of the state’s most popular festivals Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
The six-month program, delivered by Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS), will be led by creative practitioner mentors who have lived experience and connections to the communities.
The program focuses on, drawing from first-hand experience to help organisations meet their equity goals through tailored mentoring, training and support.
Mentors will work closely with the organisations to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies for greater engagement, employment of, and leadership from First Peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, and deaf and disabled Victorians.
The program has been developed with training partners including Koorie Heritage Trust, Arts Access Victoria, Boon Wurrung Foundation and Wurundjeri Tribal Council.
To extend the impact of the program beyond the participating organisations, videos and other resources will be shared via the Creative Equity Toolkit, a free online resource supported by Creative Victoria.
Fair Play was introduced in 2019 to ensure arts organisations that receive government funding better reflect and serve the diversity of the Victorian community, and participating organisations reported a raft of positive inclusion outcomes.
Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Fair Play gives our creative organisations an opportunity to reboot and reshape the way they do things so we can build a creative state that is more inclusive and accessible for all Victorians.”
Quote attributable to Executive Director, Diversity Arts Australia, Lena Nahlous
“Fair Play encourages systemic change by empowering and supporting organisations to develop the foundations and strategies they need to participate in more equitable creative industries. It is a truly a groundbreaking program.”